Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT


Software to test the RF performance of STM32-based hardware

23 November 2022 Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT

STM32CubeMonitor-RF (STM32CubeMonRF) is a software tool from STMicroelectronics that allows the testing of radio performances of STM32WB-based hardware devices on Bluetooth Low Energy and 802.15.4 technologies. It provides a graphical display to verify RF performance, with transmission/reception tests and packet error rate (PER) measurements. Results can be plotted to visualise the evolution of performance over time.

STM32CubeMonRF can be used to both learn the various RF protocols supported by the STM32WB devices, and build test scripts. It provides a dynamic list of commands with their parameter descriptions to test the protocol sequences manually. This allows the user to test a command sequence without writing any lines of code.

The OpenThread terminal window provides an intuitive way to use the command line. Commands can be typed directly into the console, or the graphical interface can be used to build the commands and set the parameters. STM32CubeMonRF then uses an STM32WB board to capture the 802.15.4 frames in the air, and forwards the data to the Wireshark software tool to decode the information exchanged between devices.


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